Which streaming music deals can I get with my mobile contract?
If you love streaming music services and saving money (and who doesn't?), it pays to shop around for your next mobile contract.
Streaming music services have changed the way we listen to music, opening up vast catalogs direct to your phone, tablet or PCfor a low monthly cost. For less than the price of an album you can listen to as many albums as your mobile data connection can handle.
The issue is that over time, those subscription fees start to add up. If you’re smart, and in the market for a new mobile phone contract, you can save serious money by signing up for the right contract to match your music listening needs by taking advantage of the streaming service deals on offer.
Telstra: Free Apple Music
Telstra’s primary music offer revolves around Apple Music, which it offers as a freebie for any customer signing up for a 12- or 24-month Go Mobile plan. Telstra offers a free 12-month subscription to Apple Music for any consumer plan.
That’s a $143.88 saving over the course of a year, which is a pretty sweet offer. Despite the name, Apple Music isn’t entirely fenced into Apple devices, with compatibility for Macs, PCs, iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touch, iPads) and Android devices (4.3 or better), so there are plenty of ways to listen to Apple Music on the go. As with any other music streaming service, data charges will apply for listening on the go.
Here's the current rundown of Telstra’s Go Mobile plans:
If you’re an existing Telstra mobile customer on a qualifying plan, you can sign up for a free 12 months of Apple Music via Telstra’s web site.
Vodafone: Free Spotify Premium
Vodafone offers Spotify Premium for a selection of its SIM-only and handset plans over 24 months, although the quantity of freebies you get varies by plan. The entry level plans offering six months, whiler higher-priced tiers offering twelve months.
It’s also an offer where choices have to be made, with the option of Spotify Premium or Stan or access to Fairfax digital titles (SMH/Age) up for grabs. If you opt instead for Vodafone’s Qantas Points plans, there’s no Spotify on offer at all.
Spotify Premium costs $11.99 per month, which means depending on your plan, that’s an annual saving of either $71.94 or $143.88 to be had. Spotify works across just about any platform you'd care to name, from PCs to Macs to smartphones of just about every operating system flavour.
Virgin Mobile: Free Guvera listening data
Virgin Mobile's music streaming deal doesn't so much tackle to cost of subscribing to music streaming services as much as it does the cost of actually maintaining that connection. Specifically, it has a long-running deal that gives eligible customers one free gigabyte of additional data if they connect to and use the Guvera mobile app during any billing month.
You only get one free gigabyte, and there's no specific free or reduced cost access to Guvera itself on offer. That being said, you're not constrained to using the data purely for listening to Guvera, and with the excess data charge for Virgin Mobile plans being $10, that's a $10 saving each month as long as you actually use the extra data on offer.